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Czech prosecutors are opening a criminal investigation into the deaths of 11 people when a block of flats caught fire

The Czech public prosecutor’s office on Monday opened an investigation into the deaths of eleven people and thirteen wounded in a fire in a block of flats in the city of Bohumín.

According to the authorities, a 54-year-old man is the main suspect of having lit the fire on the 11th floor of a building on Saturday, the CTK news agency reported.

The fire department said in a statement that the flames left 11 dead, including three children. The police have since found traces of a flammable substance, probably gasoline.

Czech prosecutors are opening a criminal investigation into the deaths of 11 people when a block of flats caught fire
Czech prosecutors are opening a criminal investigation into the deaths of 11 people when a block of flats caught fire

Several media outlets suggest that it could be sexist violence, in which the suspect started the fire to “take revenge” on his wife, who was holding a family gathering on the ground.

Some tenants of the building have accused firefighters of acting too late, but authorities said the police arrived at the scene six minutes after the first emergency call.

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